Bucks Lake Webcam

Jan
22
2016
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LAKE LEVEL

I have had a couple of people ask what the lake level is doing. I checked the State data this afternoon and learned that the lake is a
foot LOWER than it was in December. Cutting the folks that manage the lake some slack, I am assuming they want to maintain a cushion of capacity in the lake. At least that, in my innocence, is what I choose to believe……

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Jan
21
2016
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MORE WINTER

We are looking for about 2.75″ of rain tonight and Friday before it changes to snow. Then, about 10″ on Saturday. The good stuff just keeps coming.

About the camera…. So far, relatively good. I have only had to reset it once, tonight. The disturbing thing is that it functioned without a flaw since 2013 before our current “problems.” I have another camera to install in its place if it fails completely. (If you ever saw the movie, “2001,) you will remember, “Leave it in place, and let it fail…”) Again, if you saw the movie, you know what happened then. Ugg. So, I hope things just stay simple and reliable.

One more thing. Most of the lake has an ice layer. The area toward Mill Creek is still open, and a forecast for rain will not produce more ice. And next week we will have cold nights, but warm days. That could complete the freezing process, but it would not inspire MY confidence. Be careful out there…..

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Jan
19
2016
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DEAD CAMERA, PART 4

Yes, it is finally working. Say a prayer it stays that way……

Lots of rain here, with some snow earlier today.

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Jan
09
2016
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DEAD CAMERA, PART 3, AND MORE….

The news is not good. The camera arrived, and was installed, and is not compatible with this website. It has to be returned, and another ordered. All said, probably 10 – 14 days from today, 1-9. Sorry, folks….

The lake managed to finally freeze over on Friday. Today it has snowed a few inches. That makes the lake LOOK like you can get on it. No way! There could not be more than an inch of ice right now. Maybe if the real cold continues for another couple of weeks, it might be safe. Personally, I would never trust it.

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Jan
04
2016
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DEAD CAMERA, PART 2

Just an update. I ordered the camera a week ago, and it is yet to ship. When it does, I have paid for 2 day shipping. I hope no one turns blue from not breathing. A surprising number of people asked me about it at the Snowdrifters meeting on Saturday. I hear you guys. I want it as bad as you do……

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Dec
25
2015
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DEAD CAMERA

I posted this earlier, but it looks like it got messed up. Short story: the web cam has died. So, I have ordered a new camera. Maybe by Dec. 30 or 31, there will be a picture back again. (By the way, I have no idea how a 2010 post popped back up. Just ignore it.) I am tempted to give all of this a female name, in honor of my level of understanding……

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Mar
03
2010
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NEW SNOW

The picture says it all: we got 18″ of light, fluffy powder over night and into this morning. Right now (11:20 am) the snow has almost stopped, and the sun is trying to come out. I’d be all for that…..

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Feb
22
2010
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THE LEAST SNOW?

It usually snows first, last, andĀ  most here. We got 8″ over the weekend, and will groom that in today. But, Reno got 17″, and Blairsden got 27″! Still, as Ken Prince said, we are not disappointed to see someone else getting it for a change. We’ll see what the rest of the week brings. Dave Pearson, Mike Price, and myself are scheduled to groom out the long Granite Basin loop later in the week. We are expecting MANY trees.

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Feb
17
2010
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OVERDUE FOR AN UPDATE

Yes, time has flown, so this will be a catch up on a lot of things. The Poker Run was great. Attendance, with the lodge fire and the weather, was down a bit, but everyone had a great time.

The lake may look frozen, but I watch, and a few days after every storm, the snow on the ice turns from white to gray. Not a good sign. Best to stay off….ride at your own peril. There is no rescue available.

Grooming. We have done all the main basin roads and they are in good shape. I did Big Creek today, so that is an option for people who like to park down low. Mike and Dave did Grizzly Forebay yesterday, and tomorrow they are heading into Coldwater with the groomer and chain saws. That might be the stuff of legends when they return.

The last two days, two PG&E crews have been here with two snow cats, and it appears they are visiting every cabin, and hooking up service where it was taken down during the storms. The exception would be, I think, where the weatherhead is destroyed. I think they will want an electrician to set up a new one before they hang a service drop. We say a lot of things about PG&E, but they have really stepped up during and after the storms. They deserve your words of thanks when you see them.

Finally, it looks like we are heading into another wet period starting this weekend, and it could last for up to two weeks. And I have seen that mostly snow is expected for us. It may be 70 in the Valley, but winter is far from over for us.

Written by Mike in: Uncategorized |
Jan
29
2010
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THE POKER RUN WILL GO AS SCHEDULED

The Snowdrifters Poker Run will go on as scheduled on Saturday, February 6. Registration and lunch will be at the Groomer Shed. If you are not sure of the location, it will be very well marked on that Saturday. It is on the road in from the summit parking lot.

The groomer has been down with mechanical problems for a few days, but the target is to get it up and runningĀ  this weekend. After that we will be running it almost all the time to get things perfect for the Poker Run.

As I write this, I do not know about any kind of after ride party, so I suggest you just come for the Poker Run, and then go with the flow of what ever takes place then.

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